Erin McLeod, Gunny Jónsdóttir Announce Departure from NWSL

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 24, 2023) – Orlando Pride Erin McLeod and Gunny Jónsdóttir have announced the pair’s departure from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), as the pair will return to Jónsdóttir’s native Iceland.

McLeod and Jónsdóttir, who have played for the Pride since 2020 and 2021 respectively, were married on January 2 and are leaving the NWSL to begin the next chapter of their lives overseas.

“Both Gunny and Erin have been incredibly important members, not only of the Pride, but of the NWSL as a whole. Their impact, skill and professionalism will be missed both inside the locker room and in our community, but this next step in their lives is an exciting one that we are also celebrating,” Orlando Pride coach Seb Hines said. “In On behalf of the entire organization, we thank Erin and Gunny for all they have given the club and wish them all the best in this next chapter together.”

“This decision was one of the most difficult of my career, but as I’ve grown, my dreams and priorities have changed. Now it’s time to start the next chapter of my life with my wife,” McLeod said. “I am inspired and excited by the work this club has done in the off-season, led by the Wilf Family, which has made this decision even more difficult. I believe, now more than ever, there are great things ahead.” for this club. A new identity, a new pride. To the fans and the Black Swans, thank you for turning up no matter what. Without all of you, this club wouldn’t exist.”

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“Orlando has been my home for the past two years and it’s not easy to say goodbye,” said Jónsdóttir. “Thank you to the players, it was a privilege to be able to take the field with you. Thank you to the staff, you have always been so welcoming and willing to help in any way possible. And last but not least, thank you to the fans for their endless support, especially the Black Swans who always turned up and supported us in detail. I wish the Pride the best of luck this season and I’ll be cheering you on from afar.”

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McLeod, 39, has made 28 appearances between the sticks for the Pride, with five total shutouts. During her NWSL career, which included previous stints with the Chicago Red Stars and Houston Dash, the goalkeeper has amassed 75 appearances with 13 clean sheets and 293 saves.

Internationally, the Edmonton native is a member of Canada’s national women’s team, most recently a gold medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. McLeod has made four World Cup and three Olympic rosters with Canada, also winning the 2012 bronze in London.

Jónsdóttir was acquired from the Pride via trade ahead of the 2021 season, immediately making an impact in the midfield. Over two seasons in Central Florida, the 34-year-old made 48 appearances with five goals and two assists. Jónsdóttir’s 100th NWSL appearance came in the team’s final game of the 2022 season, a tally that also included 52 games with Utah Royals FC. In total, Jónsdóttir scored seven goals and added eight assists since joining the NWSL in 2018.

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The midfielder has been a staple of Iceland’s national women’s team since 2011, most recently competing at the 2022 UEFA European Women’s Championship and finishing as runners-up at the SheBelieves Cup earlier that year.

Throughout their tenures with the Pride, both McLeod and Jónsdóttir have been an integral part of Orlando, not only on the field, but also through their community efforts.

Most recently, Jónsdóttir served as the Club’s Nationwide Community Impact Ambassador, representing and raising money for Special Olympics Florida and supporting athletes at the 2022 USA Special Olympics Games. Last year, McLeod created and published “The Futures Collection” — the first apparel collaboration between a club and its player — to bring awareness to social equity and impact initiatives, while also raising money for Orlando-based nonprofit Zebra Coalition.


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